CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED-TEN
“Yes,” Alex said. “She swears that it is still Spain. I’ve never seen this island marked on any map.”
“I’m glad that you are on the mend,” Alex said. “We have a lot more to do.”
“You think we’ll make it?” Nelson asked.
“A couple of hours ago, I didn’t,” Alex said with a smile. “Now, I think we’re going to be just fine.”
“What changed your mind?” Nelson asked.
“You,” Alex said. “You’ve rebounded from some plague you picked up at one of these sites. It’s only a matter of time before…”
The door opened with a slam.
“It is time to leave,” Hecate said. “You will have to return to Spain with only the Roman Goddesses. Can you do it?”
Nelson closed his eyes for a moment before looking up at Hecate. He nodded.
“I just need to get dressed,” Nelson said. He looked at Alex. “Any else to eat?”
“Of course,” Hecate said. “I will speak with your attendants.”
Hecate nodded and closed the door.
“That was almost too easy,” Nelson said.
“They feel badly that you got so sick,” Alex said. “They’ve been pushing us really hard. It’s no wonder you got ill.”
“You didn’t,” Nelson said.
“I am immunized against everything,” Alex said. “Me and Max are ridiculously healthy.”
Alex shrugged again.
“Shall I leave you to dress?” Alex asked.
“Would you mind?” Nelson asked.
“Not at all,” Alex said. “I’ll be right outside.”
She stood up and started toward the door. She stopped and turned back.
“Don’t fight the attendant,” Alex said. “They are actually amazing.”
Nelson nodded. Alex left the room and two tall, thin brown skinned men came into the room. They helped Nelson from the bed. They gave him a cloth, wet with lavender water, to clean himself. They wiped his back and feet. They helped him into his cleaned undergarments.
He was standing in his boxer briefs when the attendant held up an amulet on a thin necklace.
“This is from the mistress,” the attendant said in Egyptian accented French. “She spent all night looking for it. It belonged to one of your ancestors. The mistress believes that it will help to keep you healthy.”
Nelson lowered his head and the man put the necklace around his neck.
“You must not tell anyone about it,” the attendant said.
“The other human?” Nelson asked. “I can’t tell Alex?”
“She has one, as well,” the attendant said with a slight bow of his head. “From her ancestors.”
“Good,” Nelson said. He nodded. “That’s really good.”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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